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>>> on the broadcast tonight, closing in on gadhafi. there's talk of u.s. military options against him. and now for hordes of people, now's the time to get out of there. >>> a collision course in wisconsin with time running out. tonight, is there a deal to end the standoff? >>> america at the crossroads. all week long our reports here on america's changing economy. tonight, are we keeping up in the search for the next big thing? >>> and the winner is -- the good, the bad and the ugly at this year's oscars. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the situation in libya is now a lot more serious where the u.s. is concerned. u.s. navy ships are being readied for a number of possible options here including possibly enforcing a no-fly zone. moammar gadhafi spoke again today on two television networks an interview the u.s. immediately called delusional. all this time the forces against him are closing in. we begin t
to step down. but in an exclusive interview, libyan's colonel gaddafi came out fighting. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. said that he was delusional. >> it was colonel gaddafi's first interview since this crisis started. he agreed to see bbc news and the sunday times. he said that the u.n.sanction resolutions against libyan were illegitima illegitimate. and asked if he would leave the country. [laughter] as if anyone would leave their home land, he said. >> mr. gaddafi, you have been known as the leader, and for years. and plenty of people in this country would say that the biggest obstacle of change for them and libya is you. >> he said that his presence actually instigated change for the people. >> in recent years you have had important western leaders like tony blair coming here. and now there are western leers leaders saying you should go. >> of course it's betrayal, they have no morals, besides if they want me to step down, what do i step down from? i am not a monarch or king. >> but you can step down even if you don't have a formal title. >> it's honor, he said, nothing to
at cnn world headquarters in atlanta. thanks for joining us. one hour from now the disaster in japan, from the devastation and death to the severe economic impact of the quake and tsunami. that's at 7:00 p.m. eastern. in the meantime, "the situation room with wolf blitzer" begins now. >>> a change in command over coalition air strikes in libya is in the works now this hour. the terms and limits of nato's new role. what it means for the mission and for u.s. forces. libyan rebels now have a new hope of pushing back moammar gadhafi's fighters. we'll tell you about a man who sacrificed his life to help the opposition. plus, the dangers and challenges in the disaster zone of japan. brian todd has an account of the search and rescuers. and our crew, what all of them experienced in the quake and tsunami wreckage. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." [ explosion ] >>> first to a key battleground city where rebels are making headway in the battle to seize controlle from moammar gadhafi. here's cnn's arwa damon. >>
with this fox news alert, st. louis police are confirming now that a suspect who is believed to have shot u.s. marshals is dead. meantime, the two deputy u.s. marshals and one task force officer who were shot and wounded are recovering at a hospital nearby, we're told at least one of the marshals is in critical condition, the other in fair condition. you've been watching this throughout the morning on "america's newsroom". the marshals and the other task force officer went to a house in the st. louis area, to try to apprehend this suspect. a gun fight broke out. the two marshals and the other officer were hit. but the suspect, again, is reported to be deceased. we will keep you updated on "happening now". jenna: another fox news alert, new numbers out on the decifit. last month we what's the biggest monthly decifit in our history, a record $223 billion in february, that's according to the nonpartisan cbo. it's the 29th consecutive month that the government is operating in the red. if you add up all the debt, by the way, when you add all of that, we had to spend $21 billion of our money just t
senators gary hart and norm coleman assess president obama's decision to use u.s. military power in libya. >> ifill: then, we get a report from a japan battered by nuclear disaster and now facing elevated radiation levels in its tap water. >> lehrer: miles o'brien looks at the future for u.s. nuclear power in the wake of the japan crisis. >> ifill: ray suarez reports on how the north african nation of morocco is working to avoid becoming the next target of regional unrest. >> reporter: in washington, morocco's foreign minister gave us an overview of king mohammed's planned reforms for a country facing some of the same discontents as its neighbors. >> you know what i feel like? i feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof! >> lehrer: and jeffrey brown remembers legendary film star elizabeth taylor who died today at age 79. that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people des
. the airport will use tanker trucks to refuel planes today. >>> for a fifth straight day, coalition warplanes bombed military targets around libya's capital today. state tv showed what it said was a military base in flames. coalition air strikes on gadhafi forces outside misrata haven't stopped the shelling of those cities. >>> in yemen, a president under fire puts his supporters on the streets in a noisy demonstration. president salah is under intense pressure to step down immediately, but he is refusing. several of salah's key generals and diplomats switched sides after he launched a bloody crackdown last week. >>> in japan, levels of radioactive iodine in tokyo's water system, they dropped significantly today. officials say it is now safe for babies to drink tap water or for parents who use tap water in formula. but still the city handed out about a quarter million bottles of water today to homes with kids. >>> two fukushima nuclear workers are now in the hospital today for possible radiation poisoning. the men stepped in a puddle while laying cable at the plant. water seeped through the p
in the fukushima plant 120 miles northeast of here. they are using helicopters to dump huge buckets full of water on the cooling pond of the reactor. pots of two other reactors are boiling at this time. the chairman warned there is no water left in the spent fuel of plant number four resulting in what is extremely high radiation levels. the japanese government nevertheless have no plan to expand the 12 mile exclusion zone. the u.s. ambassador to japan said the situation is deteriorating and warned citizens to leave the area or remain indoors. the state department said the u.s. government has chartered aircraft to help americans leave japan. we are also understand that any american citizen that has no money they can get a flight out from hanita airport and that allows them to get out of the country and they can pay back the u.s. government earlier. a lot of concern amongst the japanese people of what is going on. there is fingerprintic buying of goods. but at this time the sensor and what people are watching is over the next 48 hours of what will happen to the nuclear plant north of here. >> brian
. joining us now from jerusalem, david horowitz, ed tore of the "washington post." he will be joining us about what's happening on the ground. we're looking at pictures out of jerusalem. you can see the scene there. a lot of questions, chaotic scene as people scramble to safety to figure out what had actually occurred, what took place. this comes amid a great deal of tension in the middle east, and this is just the latest that we have seen this coming out of israel between israelis and the palestinians, a conflict, and as you know, a peace that has not been achieved in that particular area. we are still waiting for more information, but you can tell from the pictures there, folks are on the phone, trying to get information, clearing the streets, the emergency personnel trying to evacuate the scene. we understand that we have a medic who is on the phone now who is joining us. sir, can you give us your name? >> i am with the american services. >> where are you now? >> i'm on the scene. we are nearly two hours after the explosion. it occurred a few minutes after 3:00 our time next to a bus
out to the united states. senior u.s. officials tell cnn that a brother-in-law has been calling the state department almost every day. arab allies say they're also getting calls. we heard this talk yesterday from secretary of state clinton. it could be a sign that gadhafi's regime is looking for a way out. it could also be disinformation being put forward by the u.s. and others to make gadhafi not trust the people around him. in an interview, president obama said that gadhafi could wait it out, even though his forces have been weakened. today, secretary of state clinton said gadhafi and his inner circle have some choices to make. >> it will be up to gadhafi and his insiders to determine what their next steps are. but we would certainly encourage that they would make the right decision. not only institute a real comprehensive cease-fire, but withdraw from the cities and the military actions and prepare for a transition that does not include colonel gadhafi. the quickest way for him to end this is to actually serve the libyan people by leaving. >> gadhafi shows no sign that he's r
traffic control procedures. u.s. transportation secretary ray lahood calling for at least two air traffic controllers now to man overnight shifts. this after a controller at d.c.'s reagan national airport reportedly fell asleep and two planes couldn't get in touch with the tower after mid night just trying to land. both had to go in for a landing on their own. toes your headlines. >> five hour energy ran out and two planes had to do their own thing. >> i'm sure nothing's down there on the runway. let's cross our fingers. let's talk a little bit about what's going on right now. in libya, new video just in, one of qaddafi's bases reportedly destroyed by u.s. coalition air strikes. look at these pictures, showing a flaming wreckage overnight and qaddafi's compound in tripoli also reportedly targeted again and was struck. the commander of britain's royal air force says libya's air force no longer exists. >> so now that we also have an exclusive story that came to us, i think james rosen and jennifer griffin working on this together. essentially, there might be some break as we try to find o
will join us to talk about it plause plause also is our president's decision to get us involved in the libya conflict impeachmentable offense. ram paul thinks so . how is it the president done in explaining our goal there. we'll grade him on our report card. you will get to watch tonight. [applause] and he's the star of limitless. the number one movie in the country right now. my exclusive interview with braddley cooper, the great actor, that is also on our show tonight. plause plause and you know, you love them, and they're back, with our very own kelly wright. our fox news band, the little rockers. all that and more on tonight's live edition of huckabee. [applause] america is involved in the mission to libya left a lot of people confused. president obama who has a nobel peace prize and okay with having our drop tomahawk missiles over libya and raising a lot of questions about the president's foreign policy or obama doctrine as people call it i will be honest with you, i am not sure i understand the obama doctrine? do you understand the obama doctrine. our audience doesn't derve it either.
consider asking for outside help but would the u.s. answer the call? as american warships head to the region just what is the u.s. military willing to offer? >>> oil futures rise above $100 a barrel a day after the dow slumped 1.5%. we'll check where the market is headed before the opening bell today. >>> and flip-flop already? or just a communications mix-up. we'll get to the bottom of newt announcing for president thursday debacle. chuck has the back story. good morning. wednesday, march 2nd, 2011. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. amazing what making sure you have two sources do and can keep you out of trouble. we'll get more into that. all of that plus does michael huckabee think president obama grew up in kenya and will the beloved "the daily rundown" moth pad get a tablet today. let's get to the rundown. moammar gadhafi is vowing to fight to the last man as he ramps up efforts to hold onto his country in the face of a growing rebellion. pierce battles in the east and west. the libyan air force is bombing rebel territory sending forces to an oil base in the eastern
, but despite eight days of bombing the u.s. says military ground forces loyal to president gadhafi still pose a significant threat. on monday, president obama will address the nation on the libyan crisis. >>> disaster in japan. japan's prime minister describes the situation as grave and serious, after another dangerous radiation leak is found at the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant. u.s. navy barges are bringing fresh water to try to head off a meltdown "early" this saturday fresh water to try to head off a meltdown "early" this saturday morning, march 26th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to a gorgeous spring morning in new york city. 20-something degrees. but who cares, it looks nice. >> that's a beautiful picture, russ. >> welcome to "the early show," i'm russ mitchell. >> and i'm rebecca jarvis. we begin with the latest on the battle for libya. rebels have recaptured the key eastern city of ajdabiya. nato takes control of some of the u.s.-led operation in libya in a matter of days, and president obama will address the nation on monday night to explain u.s. involvement in
for joining us this morning. >> that is something no one wants to talk about -- the possibility of snow. >> we could see a light accumulation. >> folks know that sometimes we get snow on opening day. >> i have been here for four years. maybe this year will be bright and sunny. it will not be this weekend. not good news as we head into the weekend forecast. the temperatures are in the 40's. we're not contending with any wintry mix. we have the possibility of seeing that. the rain has to go through here. i do think the snow will be held at bay at least today. we're in the mid 40's today. by sunday, we will be struggling to reach 40. we have a chance of seeing a light accumulation. right now, let's check out your morning commute. lick.oads are selec we have some new accidents. >> this is southbound on the harrisburg expressway. the other on the right loop approach in the j.f.x. as you travel along wabash, it is closed related to police activity. southbound york road, water main repair continues in the right lane. in catonsville, watch for a rare plant closure at jerusalem because of flooding. fiv
clinton told the house foreign affairs committee that there quote no options off limits. should the u.s. intervene? joining me for today's two at the top is the washington correspondent for "time" magazine. it's critical for the u.s. to handle this right. if they do intervene, what is doing it the right way? >> well, they're trying to figure that out at the moment. it's been a long time since the u.s. did active mail temilitary interventions for humanitarian purposes. they did it in the 1990s after the fall of the cold war in places like somalia and vulcans. iraq in the post 9/11 era, made doing that kind of thing much harder because u.s. intervention was seen as the form of aggression. they're trying to strike a balance between the demands to launch humanitarian assistance backed by some form of u.s. military protection and broader international protection with the danger of crossing the line into what might be seen as a more aggressive military intervention into an arab country. >> the europeans have a big stake in this as well. there's a huge investment in oil fields there. there cou
after that interview with western journalists at a seaside restaurant in tripoli, u.s. diplomats quickly suggested that gadhafi has become unhinged. >> and when he can laugh and talk into american and international journalists while he is slaughtering his own people, it only underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is from reality. >> tripoli has an air of normalcy about it, if you can say that. traffic is on the streets. many stores are open again, but one protesters tells cnn that the lull does not mean that the fight to bring down gadhafi is over. >> people have been afraid and have been living under his tyrannical regime for too long. we have reached the point of no return. too much blood has been shed and too many people have been injured for this regime. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez is chiming in on libya. he says that the united states is exaggerating and distorting the situation in libya to justify an invasion. >>> well, there will be dire consequences that could include layoffs. now, that is according to wisconsin governor scott walker. walker plans to
can you pass an american citizenship test? >> who is current u.s. vice president? >> current u.s. vice president, isn't it condaleeza rice? >> oh, boy. is that right or wrong? i'll keep it going. we'll find out what people know and don't know about our own government. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> all right. good morning, everybody. thanks so much for joining us. muammar qaddafi is fighting back this morning. qaddafi's forces are striking back in libya. they're pounding rebel held towns with heavy shelling. residents in the town say there are casualties including four children and this comes as the coalition tries to extend the no-fly zone to tripoli. fox's steve harrigan has more from libya's capital. >> a third night of attacks here in the libyan capital. several loud explosions off about one mile from where i'm standing near the direction of colonel qaddafi's compound which has been targeted as a command and control center for the regime. those explosions followed up immediately by anti-aircraft fire here from several points around that compound, those red tracer bul
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. it could spark intervention from the u.s. and its allies within hours. and david kerley is with the president, who is beginning a trip to latin america, in brazil. good morning, david? >> reporter: the president is in brazil now. waiting to see if the unpredictable moammar gadhafi heeds his warning. and gadhafi may have answered in the last several hours. and that letter that you mentioned, calling the u.n. resolution invalid. and his forces continue to strike at the rebels in the east. this morning, a striking image. a libyan fighter plane, shot down by rebel forces battling moammar gadhafi. the libyan leader had reportedly been bombing the rebels inside his country, despite president obama's stark warning just 12 hours earlier. >> a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >> reporter: within hours of that statement, gadhafi's government scrambled, saying it's declared a cease-fire. but this morning, the fighting continues. and there are new questions about if and when the united states and its allies will have to enf
on the constitutionality of mandatory health care but don't want to talk about who pays for the uninsured. that would be us. unless we let them die. what does that cost every year, both financially and in human misery? thanks as always for your comments and continue to the conversation facebook.com/carolcnn. >> thank you, carol. >>> cnn newsroom continues right now with randi kaye in for ali velshi. >> thank you. we're on top of four big stories this hour. allies making inroads in libya. japan reacting to radioactive tap water in tokyo. the first terrorist bombing in jerusalem since 2004. and the passing of a ledged age. that word is sadly overused but no one wore it better than elizabeth taylor. remarking on her death today at 79, taylor's friend elton john said, we have just lost a hollywood giant. more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being. taylor had suffered for years from congestive heart failure and was hospitalized in los angeles for weeks. a former cnn colleague knew elizabeth taylor well and spoke with her many times on the air and off. we're talking about larry king. he joins me no
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doctor says qaddafi is out to destroy the city and anyone who lives there. >> he come to kill us. and we are very happy because ... the united nations came and helped us because if they don't come to help us, benghazi would be lost. >>shepard: and breaking news. secretary clinton has just announced and urged qaddafi to leave libya and says the inner circle should "make the right decision." that happening just seconds ago. and now to the videotape of benghazi, today, actually, the recorded media, people taking to the streets in support of the international air campaign this. the u.s. commander in the region says the strikes protected the city from new government attacks and now says international forces are trying to extend the in fly zone to qaddafi's power center of tripoli. we have coverage of our new war on libya, jonathan hunt is on the opposition movement but first to rick leventhal in benghazi much the airstrikes aim to protecting other cities. is it working? >>reporter: well, we have seen the results, between benghazi and to the south where the jets, 95 percent of the missions car
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options, helping business achievers better manage their cash flow. pnc. for the achiever in us all. >>> good morning. striking back. moammar gadhafi's air force bombs a key rebel position as u.s. officials warn of the potential danger of a no-fly zone over libya. we'll go live to libya for the latest on the conflict. >>> targeting troops. new details emerge in the shooting deaths of two u.s. airmen in germany, as officials investigate the suspect's possible ties to terrorism. we'll take you to frankfurt where the suspect will appear in court today. >>> and helpless. in an emotional appearance on capitol hill actor mickey rooney admits he's a victim of elder abuse. we're going to hear more from the 90-year-old hollywood legend about the issue that affects millions of americans, "early" this thursday morning, march 3rd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> and hi everyone welcome to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. i'm chris wragge. >> and i'm erica hill. good to have you with us today. we begin with the very latest from libya. this morning, leader moamma
the coast to force an arms embargo. jim maceda is live in tripoli, what can you tell us about the latest air strikes on gadhafi's forces around misrata? >> reporter: hi there, willie, that's right, there are now more and more of these air strikes happening in that part of the country, which is much closer to us, miss rat rata about 100 milt of tripoli, there's an indication in place than it was a couple days a go. we are hearing reports, not directly from misrata, from others in misrata, calling relatives outside and then we're picking up information from that, suggesting that there are now, has been a series of air attacks, assaults, bombings, on to the pro-gadhafi forces, and that includes tanks, it includes snipers. it includes obviously troops, mortar rounds -- mortar -- mortar men, and they are still in the -- in the outskirts of misrata and have been doing that every day, penetrating to the center, fighting, intensively, often nine, ten, yesterday, in fact, 40 killed, and then pulling back. trying to squeeze at the same time as they attack misrata, trying to squeeze the city. they've c
the disaster. they will join us morning to tell us what's being done to find her. >> also coming up, the murder case against casey anthony, the florida mop accused of kaling her daughter, caylee. with her trial just weeks away, a judge has made a very important ruling on stapts she made to the police, statements the defense doesn't want a jury to hear. we'll tell you a lot more about that still ahead. but we want to begin with libya. gadhafi stepping up his rhetoric saying the demands for a cease-fire are invalid. jim maceda is live in tripoli for us. >> reporter: first let's go to benghazi and reports from both rebel fighters and residents there that gadhafi forces now are on the outskirts of benghazi and they are fighting on the outskirts. they moved from about 40 or 50 miles outside of town to about 12 miles last night. this morning they were just three miles out beyond the center of town with tanks firing towards the center. also mortar rounds were being fired. the rebels are under attack. no other way to describe it. these forces are coming from the so you were approach and this, of course
freedom. >> good morning. it's friday, march 4th. with us on set, msnbc contributor mike barnicle and msnbc political analyst and visiting professor, at nyu, he just got sanctioned for taking his class out to watch a live sex act. we speak of harold ford jr. and in washington, -- sorry, harold. that was a northwestern professor. >> pat buchanan and host for "andrea mitchell reports" andrea mitchell. >>> you can't compare scott walker to hitler and stalin and then say i'm not comparing scott walker to hitler and stalin. >> full disclosure. we love jerry brown. >> we need a we lot them, but -- dot, dot, dot segment. this say step off the bus. what was that sandra bullock movie? >> i don't know her catalog as well as i should. >> this is "speed." mike, get off at the next bus stop. we love you, man but brown, come on. >> he might be having a reaction to the fact that the cleveland indians are so terrible this year. >> they suck. >> they have to stop this. everybody has to stop this. >> come on, senator. >> you can wave the bloody flag of adolf hitler and say nothing here. harold ford
on the hunt for 14 years. u.s. marital shalls think they've caught -- u.s. marshals think they've caught the infamous east coast rapist. after all these years police are saying they have the guy responsible >> julie: 12 years, digital media and a tip led police to the capture of the alleged east coast rapist. 39-year-old aaron thompson. electronic billboards and website brought in leads. it was someone who knew the suspect that led authorities to finally nabbing him. detectives picked up one of his discarded cigarette butts and had it tested. it was later discovered the dna was a match. thomas is believed responsible for rapes and other attacks on 17 women since 1997. he's been working as a trucker and taken into custody in connecticut by a multi-tate task force, formed to bring him in. -- multi-state task force, formed to bring him in. >> investigators worked tirelessly on this case this was a joint collaboration on all levels. we are proud of our investigation and hope the arrest of aaronç thomas brings some closure to our victims in our communities. >> billboards featuring sketches
bombs a key rebel position as u.s. officials of the potential danger of a no-fly zone over libya. we will go live to libya for the latest on the conflict. >>> targeting troops. new details emerge in the shooting deaths of two u.s. airmen in germany as officials investigate the suspect's spob ties to terrorism. we take you to frankfurt where the suspect appears in court today. >>> helpless. emotional appearance on capitol hill actor mickey roone yip admits he is a victim of elder abuse. we will hear more from the 90-year-old legend on the issue that affects millions of americans "early" this thursday morning, march 3rd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> hi, everyone. welcome to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. i'm chris wragge. >> i'm erica hill. good to have you with us today. we begin this morning with the latest from libya. this morning, leader moammar gadhafi's air force is bombing rebel forces there in the east once again. cbs news correspondent mandy clark joins us from ajdabiya this morning. mandy, hello. >> reporter: hello. well, we're on the road towards the fron
measures. with u.s. support, the u.n. security council authorized a no-fly zone over libya and the use of military actions against moammar gadhafi's forces. air strikes could begin as soon as today. >>> live from london, meredith vieira gets a special tour of westminster abbey from the man who will officiate at the royal wedding as the countdown to the big event hits 42 days today, friday, march 18, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television " on a friday morning. >>> good morning. welcome to a special edition of "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer in new york. meredith is in london. buckingham palace. good morning to you. >> hey, matt. good morning to you as well. we'll get the latest on the royal wedding and my tour of westminster abbey in a bit. there are new developments on the crisis in japan, matt. >> there certainly are. japanese officials who have been criticized for downplaying the severity of the nuclear crisis raised their rating of the situation to a 5 on the scale of 1 to 7. that means they expected wider consequences beyond the local area surrounding that
in the pacific ocean. >>> the february jobs numbers are out and they bring some good news. the u.s. economy added 192,000 jobs in february and the unemployment rate dropped below 9% for the first time since april of 2009. cnn's christine romans joins us from new york with some perspective. what do the numbers really mean? they make you smile, but what do they really mean? >> reporter: as one economist said, february was healthy enough. and two years into an economic recovery, we still been waiting for that economic news that the labor market at least was healthy enough. 192,000 jobs absorbs new entrance into the work force because of immigration and the way people are aging and coming into the work force. new workers coming in so that is good news. it picks up a few other workers as well. 192,000 the best we have seen since may 2010. and there were a couple of revisions. you had more jobs created in december and later in the year than we had thought and pick up another 5,000 jobs that way. it paints a picket what many analysts and economists and small business owners are telling us you were start
with jeremy bowen in london. >> the u.s. jets returning to their base in italy. the decision to use air power against colonel gadhafi in libya was taken quickly, so quickly that they are still sorting out the politics behind it. if that is one reason for the london conference, assembling ministers and diplomats from 40 countries, and the arab league and the african union to back u.n. resolutions. though thertheir enthusiasm for military action varies. the mandate to protect civilians also means taking sides in a civil war. >> we made the right choice, that was to draw a line in the desert sand to halt the murderous advance of gaddafi's forces. no one has yet to explain when or how that commitment ends. the conference also said -- started the process toward more legitimacy. this is the closest of rebels have to a political leadership and would like more help on the ground, too. >> the americans said they would consider arming the rebels. is that something you would like? >> you can see that they are fighting with machine guns, etc. >> the u.s., france, and britain are talking about army the re
with the battle -- the bbc middle east. it starts with jeremy bowen in london. >> the u.s. jets returning to their base in italy. the decision to use air power against colonel gadhafi in libya was taken quickly, so quickly that they are still sorting out the politics behind it. if that is one reason for the london conference, assembling ministers and diplomats from 40 countries, and the arab league and the african union to back u.n. resolutions. though thertheir enthusiasm for military action varies. the mandate to protect civilians also means taking sides in a civil war. >> we made the right choice, that was to draw a line in the desert sand to halt the murderous advance of gaddafi's forces. no one has yet to explain when or how that commitment ends. the conference also said -- started the process toward more legitimacy. this is the closest of rebels have to a political leadership and would like more help on the ground, too. >> the americans said they would consider arming the rebels. is that something you would like? >> you can see that they are fighting with machine guns, etc. >> the u
the tactics used. >> having in mind the protection of the civilian population, how can one use air strikes, which lead to more losses among the peaceful population. we cannot help but be concerned. >> and among those actively involved in the air strikes, control remains as to who is an overall control of the operation. france, britain, in the u.s. have taken the lead so far, but nato has yet to agree whether the alliance should have a leading role in the mission. the meetings for talks have been scheduled for all of the key international players in london next week. ministers will be hoping to have resolved the issue of control by then. bbc news. >> earlier, i spoke to the former u.s. ambassador to the united nations under president bill clinton, and the arab league, the african union, and others that are not fully committed to air strikes, and president obama said the international community is fully behind the action in libya. >> first, you have to remember that the international community did pass this through the union, so there is that international credibility. as this goes on longer
[ laughter ] >> and that's just when the lakers win. >> bret: thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid. the online show starts right now. >> shepard: breaking news tonight from another country that's teetering towards chaos. great britain's withdrawing part of its embassy team and security in this country deteriorates. it's yemen. and in libya, new attacks hit close to home for muammar qaddafi. >> word of new air strikes around the libyan capital. we'll see what the jets were targeting and how american fighter pilots are trying to save some trapped civilians. plus, why the white house says we are not actually at war here. and congress doesn't need to get involved. in japan, fresh smoke from a nuclear plant forces workers to evacuate again. and as radiation spreads, there is word of contamination in the drinking supplies. >> i'll probably put -- water now. >> shepard: tonight, new worries in the nuclear crisis. plus, remembering elizabeth taylor. she was a hollywood legend who collected oscars and husbands. but t
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